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shaft

noun [C] (TREATMENT)    /ʃɑːft/ US  /ʃæft/
the shaft US informal unfair treatment: After years of loyal service, his boss gave him the shaft by firing him just before he would have qualified for a pension.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
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